Cop Killer Was Supposed To Be In Jail, But Judge Let Him Walk

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter asked the court to remove Tafahree Maynard from the community twice.

Gwinnett County, GA – The man who murdered Gwinnett County Police Officer Antwan Toney was a self-proclaimed gang leader who had been released to probation despite prosecutors’ attempts to keep him locked up.

Tafahree Maynard, 18, already had a history of violent offenses when he fatally shot Officer Toney on Oct. 20, WSB reported.

According to juvenile court records, Maynard carried out numerous videotaped gang initiations or “beat-ins” at Shiloh High School in July of 2016, and later told police he was the leader of his crew.

The gang was also responsible for a series of crimes in the area, police said.

Prosecutors told Gwinnet County Juvenile Court Judge Robert Waller that Maynard “was in need of supervision, treatment, and rehabilitation,” Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said.

Later that year, Maynard attempted to run from Gwinnett police, and was found in possession of ammunition and drug paraphernalia at the time of his arrest.

“He stated he did not have a gun, [and that] he just had a magazine and bullets,” an officer’s report read, according to WSB.

"He was pretty clearly headed in a bad direction," Porter told the news outlet. "He clearly was showing signs that he needed a stronger intervention than maybe the local court and the local probation are capable of doing.”

Prosecutors again asked Waller to keep Maynard in custody in March of 2017.

“The state argued to have him treated as a designated felon,” Porter explained. “He would have been better served, had he gotten a more stringent program to follow.”

But instead of imposing a five-year sentence to a juvenile facility, Waller ordered the teen to serve two years on probation.

Just one year later, the judge released him from probation altogether, and claimed Maynard had “made satisfactory adjustment” while on supervision, WSB reported.

"He was basically turned back in to the environment that created him," Porter said.

Thirteen months later, officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle near Shiloh Middle School where the occupants were reported to possibly be smoking marijuana.

Gwinnett County Sergeant Jake Smith told reporters that two officers approached the vehicle without their guns drawn, and suddenly at least one occupant inside of the vehicle shot at them through the vehicle's glass.

Officers returned fire, and the suspect vehicle fled the scene.

The suspect vehicle crashed about one mile away, and Maynard and his accomplice fled on foot.

Officer Toney was transported to the hospital in critical condition. He later succumbed to his injuries, according to Sgt. Smith.

He was killed just six days before his three-year anniversary with the department. He was unmarried, and his family lives out-of-state.

Maynard was later shot and killed by police after he refused to surrender, and threatened officers with a lawn mower blade following an extensive manhunt, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

His accomplice, 19-year-old Isaiah Pretlow, has been charged with aggravated assault, WSB reported.

Waller refused to comment about his failure to sentence Maynard to a restricted facility, and said he could not talk about specific cases, according to the news outlet.

Comments (30)
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Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Guy was worthless. I really feel sorry for his mom though

Duder1897
Duder1897

Why? She made that animal.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

I'm not a LEO so I can say it. We have judges with no understanding of the streets, these kids or gangs. They are caught up in their ideology of "reform" not understanding the environment. These judges are just idiots. Complete idiots and now a danger to our society. Need to put on their "Pink Hats" and go back to their theoretical little world. Doesn't Georgia have any real men to run the Courts?

Medusa
Medusa

.my condolences for the loss of this officer. It goes to show that this judge not only failed to recognize this individual as a liability to .society yet failed every single law enforcement officer by allowing the release of this self loathing individual. He had a history of hating law enforcement. Is this considered a hate crime. My only impression is that this judge has nevered bothored to entertain walking in an officers shoes. I feel bad for the baliff who has to sit next to this judge. Again my condolences to this officers department and family.

Mama1959
Mama1959

Was the judge paid to let him go? Just sayin......